Adopted by a loving family in Portland when he was three weeks old, Spencer Thibodeau grew up in Portland’s Libbytown neighborhood where his parents still reside. The son of a carpenter and a nurse, Spencer was raised with a hard work ethic reflecting the middle class neighborhood he grew up in. This work ethic motivated Spencer to enter the workforce at an early age where he was employed by the Portland Sea Dogs, local sports camps, and local landscaping companies.
As a self-proclaimed “Portland kid,” Spencer attended Nathan Clifford Elementary School before moving down the hill to King Middle School, where he benefited from the expeditionary learning program. After King, he crossed the city to Cheverus High School, where he played baseball and was elected the first African American class president. Spencer was also a member of the Key Club, learning the value of service and being a “person for others.”
Spencer’s work ethic and desire to serve others led him to major in Political Science at Fairfield University, where he fell in love with politics and became involved with the Student Senate, pushing for greater access and communication between student government and the constituents they represent.
Inspired by Barack Obama’s historic primary campaign during his time at Fairfield, Spencer spent the summer of 2007 on a host family’s couch in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where he organized volunteers in the Seacoast region for the future president. This experience later yielded an opportunity for Spencer to spend the summer in Washington, D.C. as an intern for Congresswoman Pingree. While in Washington, Spencer gained an appreciation for responsive constituent services and was inspired by the Congresswoman’s leadership on progressive issues, such as quality healthcare and reducing economic inequality, important to Mainers.
During his junior year at Fairfield, Spencer was encouraged by a number of his mentors to follow his passion of serving and advocating for others by attending law school at Northeastern University School of Law. During his time at Northeastern, Spencer took full advantage of the Co-op program, clerking at the Massachusetts Land Court, serving as a legal intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine, and working on environmental issues at the Conservation Law Foundation.
After graduating from Northeastern Law School in the spring of 2013, Spencer returned to Portland to practice law at Verrill Dana, LLP in the real estate practice group. Spencer has also worked on a number of real estate and family law pro bono cases where he has had first hand experience dealing with a system that doesn’t work for many of Portland’s low income families.
Upon returning to Portland, Spencer resided on Park Street in Portland’s West End neighborhood before purchasing his current home on Pitt Street in Portland’s Oakdale neighborhood. When Spencer is not at the office, you can find him reading at Aurora Provisions or Tandem Bakery, running around Back Cove, or grabbing dinner or drinks with friends. Spencer is committed to serving others and utilizing the advocacy skills he has attained while practicing law.
Spencer was elected to the Portland City Council in November of 2015. Spencer currently chairs the Sustainability and Transportation Committee and is a member of the Economic Development Committee.